Many pc makers are now experimating with eye-catching covers for their laptops. MSI adds class to its Q677 Crystal Edition notebook with a Swarovski crystal-adorned lid. The crystals are a nice touch, but the overall design lacks panache. Unfortunately, that can also be said of this laptop's performance.
The Q677 has a gorgeous, glossy-coated widescreen, but its resolution (1.280-by-800) is poor for a 15.4-inch media laptop. Also, its 2-GHz AMD Tarion 64 X2 TL-60 processor isn't as fast as some on similar systems, and performance was unimpressive. We liked its DVI-I port, 6-in-l card reader, 16OGB hard drive, dual-layer DVD burner, and 2GB of RAM, plus the nVidia GeForce Go 7600 discrete graphics chipset. The 49-Wh battery, however, lasted a mere I hour 19 minutes running down a DVD.
In addition, the Q677 lacks market presence. You can't buy it direct or through retailers, and the only e-shop with this model is NewEgg. For those who can find it, the Q677 represents a full-featured, fair-performing media laptop.
MSI Q677 Crystal Edition: $1,900